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Michelle Troconis to be sentenced in case of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos

(STAMFORD, Connecticut) – Michelle Troconis, who was convicted of helping her boyfriend cover up the murder of his estranged wife, faces up to 50 years in prison when she is sentenced Friday.

The case began on May 24, 2019, when Jennifer Dulos, a Connecticut mother of five, disappeared in the midst of a custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

Prosecutors alleged that Fotis Dulos killed his estranged wife in their garage and that Troconis, his partner, helped him cover up evidence.

On March 1, Troconis was found guilty on all counts against her: conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, and obstruction of justice.

According to The Stamford Advocate, Troconis faces a prison sentence of between one and twenty years if the judge orders the two sentences to be served concurrently, and up to 50 years if the sentences are served consecutively.

During the trial, police testified that surveillance footage showed Fotis Dulos driving in Hartford with Troconis in the passenger seat later that day of Jennifer Dulos' disappearance and that Fotis Dulos stopped to throw alleged evidence into trash cans, the Hartford Courant reported. In the courtroom, jurors were shown zip ties, gloves and stained clothing that prosecutors said were pulled from the trash cans.

According to The Stamford Advocate, prosecutors said Troconis also helped her boyfriend get an alibi and helped him clean a truck that was believed to have been used in the crime.

Troconis maintained her innocence. The defense argued that Troconis never denied being in the car with her boyfriend, but denied any involvement in or knowledge of the crimes Fotis Dulos may have committed.

Fotis Dulos committed suicide in January 2020, weeks after being charged with the murder of Jennifer Dulos.

Jennifer Dulos' body was never found, but a judge declared her dead.

Fotis Dulos' friend and former attorney Kent Mawhinney is also accused of helping to cover up the crime. He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and is awaiting trial.

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